Projects

Schedule of Proposed Actions

The Forest publishers a Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) four times a year: January, April, July and October. To view the current and past SOPAs, visit the Forest Service SOPA page for the GMUG National Forest.

 

Projects not included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Legal Notices of Projects not included in (PALS): Notice of Opportunity to Comment


The Forest Projects section below lists projects included in the Planning, Appeals, and Litigation System (PALS):

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Current and Recent Projects

Sort By:    Name    Status    Management Unit    Purpose    Type

Note: Projects with multiple Project Purposes will appear multiple times.

Facility management

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Addition

Relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail off of Forest Service roads. Proposed trail location is at or near the actual divide. Up to 3 trail heads will be constructed along the new section of trail.

Forest products

Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project

This project will provide forest management at a landscape scale in the Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District to meet various Forest Plan objectives.

Grand Mesa Resort Project

Hazardous Fuels reduction adjacent to private lands, increase resilience to insect outbreak, salvage.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

The GMUG contains approximately 223,000 cumulative acres of spruce beetle mortality and 229,000 acres of affected aspen from the past few decades, which corresponds to approximately 30% of the spruce-fir and aspen vegetation on the GMUG.

Fuels management

Barret

Proposal is to perform timber stand improvement and prescribed burning to improve range and wildlife habitat and reduce natural fuels.

Calamity Basin Pine restoration and mastication

Project will mechanically treat 675 acres of historic pine plantation in Calamity basin. This will occur in the summer of 2015 and will improve big game and winter range and improve habitat for other species.

Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project

This project will provide forest management at a landscape scale in the Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District to meet various Forest Plan objectives.

Grand Mesa Resort Project

Hazardous Fuels reduction adjacent to private lands, increase resilience to insect outbreak, salvage.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

The GMUG contains approximately 223,000 cumulative acres of spruce beetle mortality and 229,000 acres of affected aspen from the past few decades, which corresponds to approximately 30% of the spruce-fir and aspen vegetation on the GMUG.

Land acquisition

Wilson Peak Land Exchange

Non-federal Parties propose to convey five separate parcels of non-federal land containing a total of approximately 681 acres to the United States in exchange for four federal properties containing a total of approximately 303 acres of equal value.

Land management planning

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

FEIS evaluates the potential effects of alternative programs for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Nationa Forests; amend the Forest Plan, and provide

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Coal Exception

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule based on the West Elk Court Decision in July 2013.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Land ownership management

Crested Butte Ranger Station Administrative Site Sale

The GMUG NF is proposing to put up the Crested Butte Administrative Site for competitive sale in 2014. The .359 acre property was purchased by warranty deed in 1937. The 125 x 125 foot property consists of five lots within the Town of Crested Butte.

Grand Mesa Metropolitan District #2 Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a special use permit for approximately 1500 feet of 6-inch pipeline to transport backwash water from the water treatment facility at Powderhorn Ski Area to private property because of change in name of operating entity.

Minerals and Geology

1993 Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS and Record of Decision

FEIS evaluates the potential effects of alternative programs for oil and gas leasing on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Nationa Forests; amend the Forest Plan, and provide

Axia Energy, LLC, USA #1-16SC Well Pad Expansion

Expansion of existing USA #1-16SC well pad, drilling two new wells on the well pad, and construction/installation of approximately 1.37 miles of buried natural gas and water lines along the Buzzard Divide Road (NFSR 265).

Federal Coal Lease Modifications COC-1362 & COC-67232

The Forest Service is considering consenting to BLM modifying ArkLand’s existing federal coal leases COC-1362 and COC-67232 by adding 1,722 cumulative acres to them.

GEC's 11-90-8-H3;11-90-20-21-H1 and -H2 and SG Interests' 12-90-7-1; 11-90-9-3; 11-90-15-2 APDs

BLM and Forest Service proposal for Gunnison Energy LLC and SG Interests, Ltd (SG). Proposal includes up to 25 total Federal Natural Gas Wells on 4 new and 1 existing well pads and associated infrastructure. Six APDs have been submitted.

Governor Basin Ore Removal

Remove low grade ore from Governor Basin and haul on Governor Basin Road to Revenue Mill. Reclaim site. Removal of ore will reduce heavy metal loading in tributary to Sneffels CK.

Mt. Emmons Groundwater and Associated Data Investigation

Gather baseline hydro-geologic information sufficient to develop and run groundwater modelling.

Poughkeepsie inactive mine safety closure project.

Physical safety closures of 13 adits and shafts on NFS Land on Poughkeepsie Gulch area, south of Ouray, east of Hwy 550.

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Coal Exception

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule based on the West Elk Court Decision in July 2013.

Recreation management

2015 Bicycle Tours of Colorado

Special use authorization is for Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC) to make temporary use of NFS lands on 3 National Forests within Colorado for ancillary aid stations with portable toilets, signs, trash facilities and support personnel

Anthracite Creek Trail Bridge (previously Kebler Wagon Trail Project)

Install/construct 50'x6' trail bridge over Ruby-Anthracite Creek on the Paonia Ranger District extending NFST #606 to the west towards Horseranch Park

Cannon USA, Inc. Fall color photography Outfitter & Guide Permit Issuance

Application to issue a Temporary Outfitter and Guide permit for fall photography on the Grand Valley, Ouray, Gunnison, and Paonia Ranger Districts.

CBMR Mountain Bike Trail Additions

Approximately 1.75 miles of new trail construction on 4 segments of trail within the CBMR permit boundary would be constructed by hand and the use of a tracked machine.

Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Addition

Relocate approximately 32 miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail off of Forest Service roads. Proposed trail location is at or near the actual divide. Up to 3 trail heads will be constructed along the new section of trail.

Grand Mesa Adventures, INC., Summer Outfitter Guide Permit Issuance

Application to issue a Priority Outfitter and Guide Permit for summer commercial services on the Grand Mesa National Forest.

Grand Mesa Bowmen- Recreation Event Permit Reissuance

Application to Reissue a new 5 year Term Recreation Event for annual 3 D Archery Shoot on Fruita Division of the Grand Mesa National Forest.

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

High Mesa Trail

Conversion of FS Administrative Rd. 869 to ATV Trail. Proposed trail would end at intersection of FS Trail 225. Seasonal closure restrictions.

Implementation of the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan on the Gunnison RD

Decommission approximately 30.5 miles of Forest Service system and non-system routes, conduct restoration work on decommissioned routes, and conduct hydrological upgrades and road improvements consistent with the 2010 travel Management decision.

Matterhorn and Trout Lake Nordic Parking Projects

Proposal to construct a new 30-space Nordic parking area at the Matterhorn-Priest Lake Ski Trailhead and to expand parking at the Trout Lake Ski Trailhead

Milk Creek Trail Project

Construction of approx. ½ mile of new trail to relocate trail off of private land and to ford Marshall Creek in order to avoid an unsafe bridge.

North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC)-Recreation Event Permit Reissuance

Application to reissue a new 5-year term recreational event to conduct annual horse endurance ride on Grand Mesa National Forest.

SOLI HULL SOCIETY - LAND ROVER RALLY

Application for Temporary Recreation Event to conduct Land Rover Rally on Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and White River National Forests (July 28-31, 2015)

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Regulations, Directives, Orders

Rulemaking for Colorado Roadless Coal Exception

Rulemaking to reinstate the North Fork Coal Mining exception into the Colorado Roadless Rule based on the West Elk Court Decision in July 2013.

Research

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) Permit Renewal and Combination

RMBL has been conducting environmental research on the White River and the Gunnison National Forests since 1928. The proposal is to combine permits from both forests and have the GMUG N.F. take the lead on permit admin. See GMUG SOPA for more info.

Road management

Grand Mesa Travel Plan Environmental Analysis

Motor vehicle and downed game retrieval restrictions for the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado

Implementation of the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan on the Gunnison RD

Decommission approximately 30.5 miles of Forest Service system and non-system routes, conduct restoration work on decommissioned routes, and conduct hydrological upgrades and road improvements consistent with the 2010 travel Management decision.

Uncompahgre National Forest Travel Plan

Restrict travel on the Uncompagre National Forest

Special use management

2015 Bicycle Tours of Colorado

Special use authorization is for Bicycle Tour of Colorado (BTC) to make temporary use of NFS lands on 3 National Forests within Colorado for ancillary aid stations with portable toilets, signs, trash facilities and support personnel

Axia Energy, LLC, USA #1-16SC Well Pad Expansion

Expansion of existing USA #1-16SC well pad, drilling two new wells on the well pad, and construction/installation of approximately 1.37 miles of buried natural gas and water lines along the Buzzard Divide Road (NFSR 265).

Bureau of Reclamation Weather Station permit re-issuance

Re-issue permit for 4 existing weather stations.

Cannon USA, Inc. Fall color photography Outfitter & Guide Permit Issuance

Application to issue a Temporary Outfitter and Guide permit for fall photography on the Grand Valley, Ouray, Gunnison, and Paonia Ranger Districts.

City of Ouray Domestic Water Supply Permit

Amend existing special use permit for City's Domestic Water System in Canyon Creek to remove facilities no longer in existence and to add new facilities

Cunningham Ditch Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Watering System Easement

Reissue an existing Agricultural Irrigation and Livestock Water System Easement for an existing ditch to the new landowner. Approx 3,062' are located on NFS lands.

Funks Floodwater Ditch

Issue an authorization for an existing irrigation ditch approx 1,100' long

Grand Mesa Adventures, INC., Summer Outfitter Guide Permit Issuance

Application to issue a Priority Outfitter and Guide Permit for summer commercial services on the Grand Mesa National Forest.

Grand Mesa Bowmen- Recreation Event Permit Reissuance

Application to Reissue a new 5 year Term Recreation Event for annual 3 D Archery Shoot on Fruita Division of the Grand Mesa National Forest.

Grand Mesa Metropolitan District #2 Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a special use permit for approximately 1500 feet of 6-inch pipeline to transport backwash water from the water treatment facility at Powderhorn Ski Area to private property because of change in name of operating entity.

Grand Mesa Nordic Council - Biathlon Range

Grand mesa Nordic Council seeks approval for Biathlon Range within the Skyway winter trail system. Range will be placed on removable frame and include live ammunition resulting from a supervised range instructor. See Project Leader for more info.

Hillside of Telluride HOA Permit Renewal

Reissuance of a special use permit to Hillside of Telluride HOA for their existing domestic water facilities located on NFS lands.

Hunter Reservoir Enlargement

Proposal to enlarge existing reservoir.

Keystone Portfolio Mgmt. Forest Road Permit

Issue Forest Road Permit for us and maintenance of Blowout Road NFSR 871.2b over NFS land.

Manzo Private Road Easement

Issue private road easement for existing two track road to private inholding off Spring Creek Rim Road.

Mayo Snowmobile Parking Special Use Permit

Authorization to park two snowmobiles and one snowcat at the base of the Alta Lakes Road on NFS lands.

Morgan Special Use Permit

Issuance of a Special Use Permit to authorize use of an existing road for access to private land

North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC)-Recreation Event Permit Reissuance

Application to reissue a new 5-year term recreational event to conduct annual horse endurance ride on Grand Mesa National Forest.

Porter Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit authorizing a spring development and approximately 453 feet of water transmission line. The waterline delivers domestic water to the permittee's private property along Tomichi Creek near Whitepine.

Pristine Point, Inc. Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit for the operation and maintenance of pipeline approximately 1,300 feet in length.

Qwest Phone Lines

Consolidate Qwest Permits with other districts on GMUG.

Reissue expiring permit for spring development - Peck

Issue a special use permit to replace an expiring permit for spring development located east of US Highway 550, north of Ouray.

Roberts Creek Water Conveyance System

Falcon Seaboard Diversified, INC has requested a special use permit, which would allow for continued operation and maintenance the Roberts Creek Water Conveyance System.

Silver Pick Winter Route

Reissue Forest Trail Special Use Permit to Peninsula Exploration 2, Ltd for their continued use of the Silver Pick Winter Route for access to private property.

Skyrocket Creek Diversion SUP

Issue Special Use Permit to City of Ouray for Skyrocket Creek diversion structure.

SOLI HULL SOCIETY - LAND ROVER RALLY

Application for Temporary Recreation Event to conduct Land Rover Rally on Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and White River National Forests (July 28-31, 2015)

Source Gas Special Use Permit Re-issuance.

Re-issue existing permit to new owner for 528 ft. long, 4 inch natural gas distribution pipeline located within Oak Creek Rd.

Southwest Colorado Television Translator Assoc. Permit Reissuance

Reissue the Communications Site Lease to Southwest Colorado TV Translator Association for Lot No. 9 in the Raspberry Communications Site.

Special use permit for spring development - Clarkson

Issue a special use permit to Clarkson for spring and pipeline west of Highway 550, north of Red Mountain Pass.

Thistledown Property Private Road Easement transfer and bridge alignment change

Transfer a private road easement to Rockbiter Corp and amend the easement for a change in bridge alignment over Canyon Creek.

Thunder Mountain Lodge Resort Permit Reissuance

Application to reissue Term Resort Permit to Thunder Mountain Lodge, LLC for year round resort operation and maintenance.

Town of Crested Butte Special Use Permit Reissuance

Reissuance of a Special Use Permit authorizing operation and maintenance of a water diversion, approximately 1600 feet of pipeline and a gated access road.

Town of Mountain Village Waterline Extension Project

The Town of Mountain Village has requested the Forest Service amend their existing special use permit for the expansion of the proposed waterline to provide better water flow to the community for domestic and fire protection purposes.

Tri State Skito - Crested Butte Permit

Re-issue permit for existing HS KV transmission line

Tri-State Montrose-Nucla-Cahone Transmission Improvement Project

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. is proposing to rebuild the existing Montrose-Nucla-Cahone 115-kV transmission line to operate at 230-kV. The BLM is the lead agency and the Forest Service is a cooperating agency.

Trout Lake Domestic Water System

Reissue permit for existing domestic water facilities which include: Three 12 inch diameter wooden tanks, 365 feet of buried 2 inch water pipeline and 430 feet of access road.

Vegetation management (other than forest products)

2015 Taylor Park Silvicultural CE

Precommercial and commercial thinning, and sanitation of dwarf mistletoe infested lodgepole pine stands to maintain acceptable growth rates and stand health on up to 250 acres. Project is in Taylor Park between Cottonwood Pass Road and Willow Crk.

Calamity Basin Pine restoration and mastication

Project will mechanically treat 675 acres of historic pine plantation in Calamity basin. This will occur in the summer of 2015 and will improve big game and winter range and improve habitat for other species.

Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project

This project will provide forest management at a landscape scale in the Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District to meet various Forest Plan objectives.

Mesa Point Fuels Reduction

Remove hazardous fuels (live & dead) adjacent to the Mesa Point Communications facilities.

Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response

The GMUG contains approximately 223,000 cumulative acres of spruce beetle mortality and 229,000 acres of affected aspen from the past few decades, which corresponds to approximately 30% of the spruce-fir and aspen vegetation on the GMUG.

Watershed management

Flat Top Mountain Riparian Restoration - Gunnison Sage-Grouse Habitat Improvement

This project will implement restoration work to address habitat degradation within Gunnison Sage-Grouse brood-rearing habitat. This is a continuation of work completed on USFS and adjacent private land (2012-2014).

Implementation of the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan on the Gunnison RD

Decommission approximately 30.5 miles of Forest Service system and non-system routes, conduct restoration work on decommissioned routes, and conduct hydrological upgrades and road improvements consistent with the 2010 travel Management decision.

Paonia District Restoration Project 2014

Restoration of site conditions on 6 closed nonsystem routes including recontouring, ripping, seeding, and water bars or similar; removal of two nonfunctioning culverts on a system trail.

Wildlife, Fish, Rare plants

Calamity Basin Pine restoration and mastication

Project will mechanically treat 675 acres of historic pine plantation in Calamity basin. This will occur in the summer of 2015 and will improve big game and winter range and improve habitat for other species.

Cochetopa Hills Vegetation Management Project

This project will provide forest management at a landscape scale in the Cochetopa Hills portion of the Gunnison Ranger District to meet various Forest Plan objectives.

Flat Top Mountain Riparian Restoration - Gunnison Sage-Grouse Habitat Improvement

This project will implement restoration work to address habitat degradation within Gunnison Sage-Grouse brood-rearing habitat. This is a continuation of work completed on USFS and adjacent private land (2012-2014).

Implementation of the 2010 Gunnison Basin Federal Lands Travel Management Plan on the Gunnison RD

Decommission approximately 30.5 miles of Forest Service system and non-system routes, conduct restoration work on decommissioned routes, and conduct hydrological upgrades and road improvements consistent with the 2010 travel Management decision.

Paonia District Restoration Project 2014

Restoration of site conditions on 6 closed nonsystem routes including recontouring, ripping, seeding, and water bars or similar; removal of two nonfunctioning culverts on a system trail.

Project Archive

Some of our older projects can be accessed in our Project Archive.

Key Contacts

NEPA Program Managers

Niccole Mortenson
Northern Region
Federal Building
Attn:  Engineering
200 East Broadway
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669
remote phone: 406-329-3163
email: nmortenson@fs.fed.us

Tim Stroope
Environmental Coordinator
GMUG National Forest
2250 Hwy 50
Delta, Colorado, 81416
(970) 874-6649
email: timothylstroope@fs.fed.us